Wednesday, December 11, 2013
After breezing through its first four games, the Richmond girls soccer team lost to Class C Sacopee Valley 4-2 last Saturday. Although losses are tough to take, the competition is a must for the three time defending Class D state champion Bobcats.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
• Erskine senior Tasha Dutil scored three goals in a win against Belfast.
• Maranacook senior Alex Tooth scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-0 win against Waterville.
• Gardiner freshman Kalianna Lutz scored a goal to lead the Tigers to a 1-0 win against Oceanside and their first win of the season.
• Monmouth senior Kyle Fletcher scored three goals and added four assist in a win over Oak Hill.
• Hall-Dale junior Nat Crocker scored four goals and had an assist in a win against Winthrop and added three goals in a win over Lisbon.
• Hall-Dale senior Konnor Longfellow scored three goals in a 3-0 win against Wiscasset and two against Lisbon.
• Cony senior Juan Antonio Dogre scored a goal in double overtime to give the rams a 1-0 win against Lawrence.
• Gardiner sophomore Larsson Lunt scored with 2:45 left in the game to give the Tigers their first win, a 1-0 victory against Morse.
• Monmouth freshman Haley Fletcher scored three goals in a win over Boothbay.
"I always tell the girls, win or lose, we've got to play these games," Richmond coach Troy Kendrick said. "(The Western Maine Conference) is a very competitive league. We usually set the pace in games. On Saturday we were struggling to keep up with them."
The Bobcats play Class C Old Orchard at the end of the season and have an exhibition game against Hebron Academy next week. They had outscored their Class D opponents 30-0 heading into Thursday's game against Buckfield.
"I'm just trying to stretch my kids," Kendrick said of the additional games.
The Bobcats graduated several players from last season's state title squad and only have three seniors on the team, but several of the younger players gained experience last year. Junior Amber Loon and sophomore Kelsea Anair are the leading scorers while Haley Murphy and Autumn Acord have also made significant contributions.
"We're pretty balanced," Kendrick said.
One thing the Bobcats lack is overall depth. That will change with the return of senior midfielder Kayla Beaulieu and sophomore defender Kaylah Patterson.
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Erskine girls soccer coach Ryan Nored is still learning about opponents as his Eagles adjust to Class B this season after a few years in Class A. Otherwise, the transition has been a smooth one as the Eagles are 3-1-0 heading into today's game against Nokomis.
"The stronger teams are still as good as some of the teams we played last year," Nored said. "Right now the biggest difference is field conditions. There's some bad fields out there."
The Eagles may be deeper than most of the teams they play. Nored is carrying 17 players and all are getting significant minutes.
"It's not really by design," he said. "I've got 11 solid starters and six solid substitutes," Nored said. "I can sub in and there's no letdown."
Erskine's depth is such that when senior goalie Mattie Lajoie went out with a concussion, sophomore Cassandra Ray stepped in and the team didn't miss a beat.
"They're both pretty equal," Nored said.
Senior striker Jade Canak has drawn a lot of attention from defenders and only has two goals so far, but that's opened up opportunities for Tasha Dutil and Avery Bond.
"Jade has realized that," Nored said. "She's bought into the idea. That's how we scored against Mt. View. She's just as happy letting everybody else score."
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Monmouth senior Kylie Kemp will miss her second straight game today since colliding with St. Dom's goalkeeper Kelly Pomerleau last week. Kemp suffered a concussion and bruises to her face.
"Her concussion has kind of gone away, but she broke a small bone across her nose and her face is pretty sore," Monmouth coach Gary Trafton said. "When she does come back, she's going to have to wear a face protector."
After today's game at Dirigo, the Mustangs don't play again until Sept. 28 which should give Kemp plenty of time to heal. She's scored six goals this season for a career total of 59, two shy of the school record held by Faith Flannery.
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The Hall-Dale girls were 3-0-0 heading into a crucial game at Madison on Thursday. They have a proven scorer in senior Maura Stottler but in a couple of their games already the Bulldogs have had four different players score. Stottler is one of only three seniors on the team, but the Bulldogs were even younger last season and return 19 players from that team.
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